Now find the reliable blood banks close to you using your smartphone. Thanks to an app recently launched by the Central Government, a directory of 2,760 licensed blood banks will be made available for all users.
A new mobile blood bank locator app was launched by the government on World Blood Donor Day, June 14.
The app will enable easy access to the nearest blood bank in the country. A directory of 2,760 licensed blood banks has been made available by The National Blood Transfusion Council on the National Health Portal.
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The official release said the data of all 76 blood banks in Delhi NCR and 524 blood banks from across the country has been made available so far. The remaining licenced blood banks’ data will be uploaded soon too.
The initiative was launched during an awareness campaign on World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) in New Delhi.
The theme of the campaign was “Thank you for saving my life”, and it focused on celebrating and thanking those blood donors who have saved lives and inspired many others to donate as well.
A short film competition was also organised by the NBTC, in collaboration with friends2support.org, to promote voluntary blood donation.
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As per figures by friends2support.org, more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. In a crucial time like this, it is believed that the new initiative will bridge the gap between donors and patients.